Weekly Prompts: Unusual

One photo immediately came to mind when I read the Weekly Prompts: Unusual prompt.

It was this photo of a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation making the affected species look a little like an albino. The pale brown areas on the birds head would normally be black.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Then I thought about this photo. It shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. As a member of the Wood Warbler family, or New World Warbler family depending on which reference you use, it normally feeds on insects.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

7 thoughts on “Weekly Prompts: Unusual”

    1. Thanks Sue. Rather amusingly a different photo of the leucistic Woodpecker on a feeder was used in a birdwatching magazine to illustrate an article on feeding the birds. There was no mention of the unusual plumage of the bird.

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    1. I don’t think there was insects in the jelly. We were filling the holder with grape jelly (jam) out of the fridge and the bird was around the feeder for a few days before I got chance to set up the camera.

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